Written in 2009.
‘2009 is the first year of global governance with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. … The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of our planet. … Our mission is one of hope supported by acts and by deeds.’ So said Herman van Rompuy on November 19th as he accepted the post of President of the European Union after the leaders of Europe made this appointment.
Global governance, global management of the planet. Is that where we are heading? In which case who are the governors? Where is this government located and can you vote it out of power? Are we heading for a new system of control of the world system by unelected bodies in the EU, the UN, the IMF, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) or whatever organisation emerges from all of these put together?
Admittedly the ‘acts and deeds’ of the Copenhagen Conference were a big disappointment to environmental activists. The final accord had no reference to a legally binding agreement. It recognised a need to limit global temperatures to no more than 2C above ‘pre-industrial levels’ and set a goal for developed countries to raise $100 billion a year for poorer nations by 2020. Developed nations were committed to start work almost immediately on reaching their mid-term targets for reducing emissions. For the US, this is a 14-17% reduction on 2005 levels; for the EU, a goal of 20-30% on 1990 levels; for Japan, 25% and Russia 15-25% on 1990 levels. A method for verifying industrialised nations’ reduction of emissions was agreed.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, said: ‘It may not be everything we hoped for, but this decision of the Conference of Parties is an essential beginning. We must transform this into a legally binding treaty next year.’ Other world leaders agreed on the need for a legally binding treaty and committed themselves to work for this in the climate conferences scheduled for 2010. Gordon Brown has called for the European Union to become a global warming policeman, monitoring individual countries’ compliance with carbon-cutting targets. He said: ‘I will work with President Sarkozy for a European organisation that will monitor the transparency that is being achieved not just in Europe and our own countries, but in every country around the world.’
To be ‘legally binding’ a treaty requires some kind of legal entity to enforce it. Gordon Brown talks about a ‘global warming policeman.’ How would such a policeman act if it finds a country not complying with its requirement to cut carbon? Will it have power to bring that country into line? If so how?
On 15th October Lord Monckton gave a talk in Minnesota which was broadcast around the world on the Internet. He said that the climate change treaty proposes a world government. ‘I read that treaty and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created. The word ‘government’ actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, in satisfaction of what is called ‘climate debt’. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement.’
Lord Monckton is a climate change sceptic and opposed the aims of the Copenhagen Conference. However he is right that a legally binding treaty requires some kind of government to monitor what countries are doing in relation to it. This is what China objected to and was a major problem at the conference. An article in The Independent (20/12/09) accused China of wrecking a global deal and said, ‘China is emerging as a superpower, which is not interested in global government, is not interested in multilateral governance that affects its own sovereignty or growth.’
What the conference did agree to was the setting up of a $100 billion fund to be overseen by the UN’s IPCC. This will add to what Christopher Booker describes as ‘the new global industry based on buying and selling the right to emit CO2, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year through schemes such as the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism and the EU’s Emissions Trading System.’
Lord Monckton says the money will be used to set up 700 new bureaucracies which will handle the enormous amounts of money that will be going into it. To do this they will need to set up the structure of a global authority. In his opinion despite the conference is being portrayed as a failure, it is a first step towards setting up a global government which will be followed by successive treaties which will gradually transfer more power to the bureaucracies once they are in place. This is a similar process to what has happened in the EU.
Is the climate changing?
To get people to accept this you have to convince them that the alternative to reducing carbon emissions is catastrophe. This is what the IPCC claims after conducting a five-year review of research from around the world. It concluded that evidence for warming of the climate was clear and that the changes were more than 90% likely to be the result of human actions. Since the industrial revolution, humans have been putting ever more carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, through burning fossil fuels. These gases trap more of the sun’s heat and prevent it escaping into space.
Continuing this process unchecked will cause polar ice to melt, sea levels to rise, low lying islands and coastal areas to be flooded, including major cities like London, New York and Shanghai; glaciers will melt in the Himalayas causing sudden floods, followed by drying up of big rivers on which India, China and other countries depend. There will be droughts in some places and floods in others. To prevent this industrialised nations must make an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and 20% by 2020.
Opening ceremonies at Copenhagen began with a short film featuring children of the future facing an apocalypse of tempests and desert landscapes if world leaders failed to act. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN’s panel of climate scientists, said in the film, ‘There will be hundreds of millions of refugees’. ‘Please help save the world,’ said a little girl, plaintively.
Not all scientists however accept this. At an alternative conference in Copenhagen, scientists questioned climate change theory and its conclusions about man made global warming. They show that history records variations in the climate long before industrialisation and the burning of coal and oil. Examples of this are the Medieval Warm Period when the Danes settled in Greenland and grew barley and wheat there. During the Little Ice Age from roughly 1500 to 1850 the Thames at London Bridge froze solid in the winter to the extent that ice fairs were held on it. Professor Ian Plimer said, ‘Climate has always been driven by the Sun, the Earth’s orbit and plate tectonics and the oceans.’ In contrast to the claims of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they say that there has been no noticeable warming of the planet since 1998 and that while ice is melting in some parts of Antarctica, it is becoming thicker in others. The same is happening with glaciers. For the text of the conclusions of the alternative climate conference go to www.copenhagenclimatechallenge.org
The big question raised by all this is whether global warming is a real catastrophe waiting to happen, or a scare story being used by the global elite to bring in their desired global government. Or both? We cannot deny that burning coal and oil is dirty and pollutes the atmosphere. As China and India with their massive populations industrialise, so the world faces the possibility of there being 2 billion cars in the world and ever more coal fired power stations poisoning the atmosphere.
The kind of industrial society we have created over the past 200 years is not sustainable. We have become ever more dependent on a continuous supply of electricity and oil to maintain our food supply, transport system, computers, cars, televisions and so on. As things are we will not be able to keep this system going without fossil fuels. The favoured answer of the green lobby is wind power and other renewables but in reality wind turbines produce less than 1% of the energy needs of the UK. Nuclear power stations could replace coal fired ones, but the potential dangers of nuclear power to the environment are even greater as Chernobyl has shown.
The Second Coming
From the point of view of Bible prophecy there are significant passages which do point to environmental disasters in the 7 year period of the Great Tribulation which will precede the second coming of Christ to the earth (Isaiah 24, Luke 21.24-27, Revelation 6-19). A number of these tie in with conditions being predicted today as a result of global warming. Luke 21.25 describes the distress of the nations with ‘the sea and the waves roaring.’ Revelation 8.7 says, ‘A third of the trees were burned up.’ Revelation 16.9 says, ‘Men were scorched with great heat.’ Also Revelation 16.12 speaks of the River Euphrates being dried up and Isaiah 19.5-10 speaks of the Nile drying up. Since the Nile and the Euphrates are the two great rivers known to the biblical world this could indicate a general drying up of rivers worldwide. One of the effects of increased carbon in the atmosphere is increased acidification in the sea, which is threatening the mass extinction of marine species. Revelation 8.9 says ‘A third of the living creatures in the sea died.’
On the issue of global government, the Bible says that in the last days there will arise a world leader who will be given authority over ‘every tribe tongue and nation.’ Revelation 13.7. This one known as the Beast or the Antichrist will be given power by the Dragon (Satan) and will be aided by one known as the False Prophet who will work signs and wonders on his behalf. He will be a charismatic figure energized by Satan with supernatural powers (Revelation 13.2-4, 2 Thessalonians 2.9-10). He will offer peace and safety (1 Thessalonians 5.3) but deliver the worst tyranny the world has ever known (Revelation 13).
According to Revelation 17.12-13 ‘ten kings’ will ‘give their power and authority to the beast’. Back in 1972 The Club of Rome, a global think tank that deals with a variety of international political issues, produced a report ‘Limits to Growth.’ This said that the world should be divided into ten regions which should be loosely modelled on the European Union. The original plan drawn up in 1972 divided the world as follows: North America, Europe, Japan, Australasia and Pacific region, Russia, South America, Muslim Middle East, Africa, India and region, China.
The antichrist world government will be unstable and not stay together. This is shown in the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar and interpreted by Daniel which has ten toes of iron and clay ‘which do not adhere together.’ In Daniel 7 we read that three of the ten kings will fall before the beast indicating some kind of rebellion against his rule. In Revelation there are wars against the global government, as the kings of the east (China?) come across the Euphrates (Revelation 16.12). The final war, Armageddon, will bring the world to the brink of destruction. Only the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will cut short the tribulation period. (Matthew 24.21-31).
According to the pre-tribulation view of end time prophecy the second coming will happen in two stages. First the Lord Jesus will come for the saints (all true Christians) in the event known as the rapture to take us out of the earth into the presence of the Lord where our bodies will be changed into eternal glorious bodies and we will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4.13-5.11). This event could happen at any time now. Then will follow the 7 year period of the Great Tribulation during which time the disasters described above will take place and the Antichrist will rule. The post tribulation view of prophecy is that the rapture and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus to the earth are simultaneous and therefore the saints will be present through the tribulation and will most likely face martyrdom for their faith.
I believe the pre-tribulation view has more evidence for it from scripture although I understand that there are valid reasons for the other view. In the light of this we should be ready to meet the Lord at any time by repenting of sin and believing the Gospel. We should also be ready to suffer for our faith and even give our lives for the Lord if He calls us to do so.
What is certain from scripture is that the Lord Jesus will come back to the earth with the saints and rule from Jerusalem for 1000 years during which time Satan will be bound and unable to influence the nations any more. This will be the glorious one world government of God in which time there will be no more war, a renewed and sustainable environment, and the earth filled with the knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah 2.1-4, 11-12, Zechariah 14, Revelation 20). Hallelujah